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Dangers When Drivers Take Prescriptions Medications


Many people take medications for various reasons, and it is possible to drive safely after taking a drugstore medication or prescription. Still, there are times when drugs impact a person’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. Understanding exactly how a medication affects your body and any possible side effects is essential for keeping yourself and your passengers safe on New York streets and highways.

Some of the side effects of medications include blurred vision and drowsiness. If a person is overly tired or unable to see clearly, there are accident risks. If you have been in a crash with an impaired driver, talk to a Long Island personal injury lawyer about your damage recovery options.

Talk to Your Healthcare Providers

When you receive a prescription for a medication, talk through the possible side effects and dosage amount with your doctor. Too often, individuals adjust their dosage amounts without knowing the impact it can have on their bodies. There could be side effects you never considered. Or course, tell your doctor about any other drugs you are taking, even over-the-counter medications. Dangerous drug interactions are possible.

Then, when taking medications, observe your health. For example, if you are feeling fatigued after taking a medication, take note of whether your doctor expressly told you to watch out for drowsiness or not. When you are not feeling well, do not drive. Call your doctor and talk through any issues that arise.

Individuals Can Experience a Range of Side Effects

Prescriptions do not always impact everyone in the same way. It is possible you may experience side effects, and another in your family, who is prescribed the same medication, will not. There are also situations where one person will report side effects that last for a couple of hours, and another will experience side effects for an extended period of time. A range of effects has been connected to prescription medications.

Possible medication side effects:

  • Feeling sleepy or lethargic
  • Blurred or impaired vision
  • Slower reaction times
  • Nausea or other flu-like symptoms
  • Dizziness or disorientation

Being as honest as possible with doctors and pharmacists is one of the essential steps you can take. Let them know if you smoke, drink, alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Your doctor should be willing to help you. Do not fear judgment.

Keeping a clear head is essential, especially when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. If an accident does happen because a driver is drugged, talk to a Long Island personal injury lawyer.

Are you recovering after being struck by a Long Island driver who was under the influence of prescription medication? You need a personal injury lawyer working for you to determine a path forward. Together, we can assess your expenses and develop a strategy to secure your best compensation option. With over 30 years of legal experience, our legal team represents clients throughout Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City. Contact Giuffré Law Offices at 516-802-9912 to discuss your case today.

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